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If you’re fed up with a lack of female representation in film, you’re not alone; Dazed Digital, Dazed and Confused Magazine’s online presence, is too and they’re working to do something about it. My go-to for basically everything rad and important launched an online initiative, aptly named Females First, for female auteurs to gain exposure in the male centric film industry.

“Females First will see some of the world’s most respected female auteurs, including Gillian Wearing, Jane Campion, Maja Borg and Sarah Solemani, select the brightest young female filmmakers to present exclusive work on Dazed Digital. From art shorts and documentaries to music videos and fiction, Dazed will premiere the most exciting, bold and innovative moving image being produced by female directors today.”

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Dazed is launching this initiative with Anahita Ghazvinizadeh’s Cannes award-winning short, Needle. Anahita’s short draws inspiration from her own childhood and her interest in ear piercings, which her father used to do in his drugstore, as well as giving a look into the children’s view of adulthood and what ‘coming to age’ actually feels like through this experience.

You can watch her short HERE.

While you’re already there, I highly recommend reading their little Q&A with Anahita about Needle and her inspirations for her work and interest in film in general (below the cut).

Also check out their feature with incredible names in the industry, Emily Kai Bock (director behind music videos for Grimes and Arcade Fire), Destiny Ekaragha (independent filmmaker behind the award-winning comedic short Tight Jeans), Maja Borg (visual artist, film director, and ex-Dazed Visionary), Cathy Brady (award-winning Northern Irish director, currently shooting writer Jack Thorne’s new E4 series Glue), and Aoife McArdle (London-based music video director for Jon Hopkins and James Vincent McMorrow) about sexism in the film industry and why it needs to change HERE.